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Studied bioinformatics at Tel Aviv University from B.Sc. to Ph.D. with Tal Pupko on computational methods for molecular evolution: sequence alignment and alignment filtering, phylogeny reconstruction, and positive selection inference. Applied research of homing endonucleases for the purposes of gene therapy with Adi Barzel and Martin Kupiec. Development of a pipeline to QA the LEADS transcriptome modeling platform in Compugen Ltd. Postdoc with Laurent Keller at the University of Lausanne on evolutionary genomics of fire ants, evolution of ant sex determination with Yannick Wurm, olfactory receptors with Julien Roux, population genomics of fire ants with DeWayne Shoemaker, fire ant olfactory gene expression with John Wang, trophallaxis JH esterases with Adria LeBoeuf, genomic basis of cuticular hydrocarbons with Abraham Hefetz, ant genomic mapping with Abraham Korol, and more...

 

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Studied mathematics (M.Sc. at St. Petersburg State University) and computational biology (Ph.D. at University of Haifa). Worked in labs of Abraham Korol, Tzion Fahima, and Sagi Snir. Studied mathematical models of evolution of sex and recombination, speciation, QTL mapping, genetic mapping, physical mapping, phylogeny, GWAS, etc. Developed the LTC algorithm and software package for construction of long reliable physical scaffolds (~10 Mbp). In particular, LTC was used for proofing of long genomic sequence scaffolds in wheat, which was impossible by other methods. Contributed also to the MultiPoint genetic mapping MultiPoint software. Taught mathematics and statistics at the University of Ariel, and supervised software engineering projects in Ort Braude College. Currently working on improving the reference genome sequence for Cataglyphis niger.

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B.Sc. Life sciences, Mumbai University; M.Sc. Neurobiology, Mumbai University; Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolution, Indian Institute of Science. Aparna is working on understanding the links between genomic rearrangements and the evolution of complex social traits in a comparative framework. She is also investigating the genomic underpinnings of social polymorphism in Cataglyphis niger along with Shani and Pnina.

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Studied computer science at the Technion. Pnina is interested in the population genomics of Solenopsis fire ants, their demographic history, and genome-wide signatures of recent positive selection in invasive populations. She is also working with Shani on a genome-wide association study (GWAS) to map the genes underlying variation in cuticular hydrocarbons in Cataglyphis niger, and also on the social polymorphism in this species (too many projects...)

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Studies computer science and biology. Besan is working on a linkage map for the genome of Cataglyphis niger desert ants, and mapping the genes underlying variation in cuticular hydrocarbons (QTL mapping).

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Studied biology and mathematics at the University of Haifa. Rana studied in the evolution of olfactory receptors in ants and its role in adaptive evolution of social behavior. She also combined the evolutionary analysis with structural analysis of the receptor proteins.

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B.Sc. Biotechnology Engineering, Technion. Ph.D. in computational biology, under the Interdisciplinary Program for Biotechnology, Technion. Postdoc in a biophysics lab specialized in DNA-structure and DNA-Protein interactions, Technion. Postdoc in an epigenetics lab specialized in inheritance of complex traits, École Normale Supérieure, Paris. Amir is investigating the molecular evolution of chemical communication in fire ants and several other projects involving molecular evolution, transcriptomics, and epigenomics (including collaboration with the Keller group in Lausanne, Adria LeBoeuf in Fribourg, and John Wang in Taipei).

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Studied biology at the University of Haifa, Oranim. Tal sequenced and assembled the first draft sequence for the genome of the desert ant Cataglyphis niger, and developed a de novo sequencing approached specifically tailored to haplodiploid species.

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B.Sc. Medical and life Science program, Tel Aviv University; M.Sc. Zoology, Tel Aviv University; Ph.D. Zoology, Tel Aviv University. BARD fellowship in the Entomology Department, Pennsylvania State University. Etya is studying the evolutionary development of complex social behaviors in social insects using an integrative approach encompassing genomic, chemical and physiological tools. In our lab, she studied fire ants' olfactory receptors, which are candidate genes for the regulation of colony social organization.

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B.Sc. Biology, Hebrew University. M.Sc. Evolution, Systematics and Ecology, Hebrew University. Ph.D. in Evolution and Behavioral Ecology, Ben Gurion University. Marie curie fellowship in Behavioral Ecology, Bristol University, England. Daphna conducted a large-scale study of the molecular genetics of recruitment behavior in social foraging ants.

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B.Sc. biology, Tel Aviv University; M.Sc. zoology, Tel Aviv University; Ph.D. philosophy of science, Tel Aviv University. Shani is studying the genomic basis of nestmate recognition in the desert ant Cataglyphis niger using reduced representation genomic sequencing, whole-genome sequencing, and chemical analysis. These data are combined in a genome-wide association study (GWAS) to map the genes underlying variation in cuticular hydrocarbons (together with Pnina and Besan). She's also working with Deborah Gordon on the genomics of the Pogonomrymrex barbatus population that is used in a long-term study of the evolution of collective behavior.

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